Houston SPCA caring for dogs seized from filthy trailer

Owner says circling UFOs made the animals unhealthy

Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

Dec. 13, 2008, 8:56PM

James Nielsen Chronicle

Dr. Dev Rajan, of the Houston SPCA, holds one of the terriers seized from a trailer in Fayette County earlier this month.

Houston SPCA veterinarian Roberta Westbrook lifted a trembling toy English fox terrier into her arms Saturday afternoon to examine the dog’s emaciated body.

The spine and ribs of the malnourished terrier were visible. The dog’s nails were overgrown and her tiny paws were soiled from living in her own feces. The dog was among 42 terriers brought to the Houston SPCA Friday from the Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter in Fayette County.

Authorities in Fayette County seized the dogs on Dec. 3, after they were found living in a 5-by-9 foot trailer — eating, sleeping and giving birth in their own waste — with a woman who claimed the terriers were unhealthy because UFOs were circling above her home, said Houston SPCA spokeswoman Meera Nandlal.

“We don’t know if she was breeding them or why she was living with them in such a small space, ” Nandlal said.

Authorities in Fayette County could not be reached for comment on Saturday. It is unknown at this time if any charges will be brought against the woman.

The animal shelter enlisted the Houston SPCA’s help to house and care for the 40 dogs, some of whom are as old as 10. The terrier Westbrook was examining gave birth to two female puppies since she was removed from the trailer.

Most of the dogs are in poor physical condition. Two of them are missing limbs for unknown reasons.

“They could be purebred, but not the best standard,” Westbrook said.

All the dogs will undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. After being cleaned and treated, healthy dogs will be put up for adoption, Westbrook said, adding that those who need more time to recover will be placed in foster care.

The Houston SPCA often sees many large animal seizures, Nandlal said. Recently, the organization took in 70 feral cats.

“Unfortunately, it’s not unusual, ” she said. “There are all kinds of animals that are put into situations they have no control of.”

What Dog Are You? Book Review


What dog are you?
Discovering your inner pooch
Co-authored by Lori Lebda & Tami Bergeson

By Michele lee

This little book is certainly in a league of it’s own. How they came up with the actual idea of the book is a source of amazement in itself.

Warning: All you warm and fuzzy dog lovers with your little sweater wearing mini pins and shitzu’s are going to have an absolute fit over this book.

This book is the real deal a must have for dog fanciers worldwide.

The concept is adorable although somewhat off the beaten path. Most avid animal lovers are a little er…um…eccentric (myself included…..I just dyed my Chihuahua  pink to match my highlights, but….that’s another story)

These two brilliant women have brought us mere mortals and put us in the shoes of the dogs.

Entertaining and yet educational this book is based around several quizzes. The end result delves into what dog, that you in character mostly resemble.

In my case the end result was a Greyhound. And I guess being the mother of four children it is not too far a stretch to picture me chasing a stuffed bunny in circles throughout my house. Recently it was actually a hamster but close enough!!

My fiance actually picked the book up and did the quiz himself and that my dear readers in a nutshell says more about this little book than I ever could convey. (I did not know the man could read! 🙂 )

If you are having a get together anytime soon make sure you pick a copy up and share the book with your guests. It would definitely keep the party laughing!!

Great job gals!!! Can’t wait for your next one

Some Of The Common Genetic Health Issues- Listed by breed

Here is a list compiled to help breeders and owners (or soon to be owners),

become aware of what some of the common genetic problems may be in their breed/dog of choice.

**Not every breed is listed here; if you don’t see your breed shoot me an e-mail and I will be glad to research it for you!!**


Affenpinscher: Corneal ulcers, patellar luxation, cryptorchidism, elongated soft palate, retained puppy teeth, dermoid cyst

Afghan Hound: Under bite, juvenile cataracts, elbow joint deformity, hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, chronic pancreatitis, corneal dystrophy, von Willebrand’s disease

Airedale: Hypothyroidism, spondylosis deformans, pyometra, umbilical hernias von Willebrand’s disease

Akita: Hip Dysplasia, entropion, retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism

Alaskan Malamute: Hip Dysplasia, hypothyroidism, juvenile cataract, patent ductus areteriosus

American Foxhound: Osteochondrosis of spine, deafness, cryptorchidism

American Staffordshire Terrier: Craniomandibular osteopathy, cervical vertebral instability, cleft palate, hip dysplasia, cataract, bad bite, cryptorchidism

American Water Spaniel: Hermaphrodism, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, retinal atrophy

Australian Cattle Dog: Deafness

Australian Shepherd: Spina bifida, poor temperament, cleft palate, hip dysplasia, retinal atrophy, cataracts, bad bite, epilepsy, deafness

Australian Terrier: Diabetes Mellitus, cryptorchidism, atopic dermatitis, cleft palate

Basenji: Pyruvate kinase deficiency, Fanconi syndrome, coliform enteritis, persistent papillary membrane, corneal leukoma

Basset Hound: Bad Bite, ectropion, corneal dermoid cyst, aggressive temperament, osteochondritis dissecans, radius curvus, patellar luxation, glaucoma, hernia, thrombopathia, cervical vertebral instability, defective third cervical vertebra, achondroplasia, lens luxation, bon Willebrand’s disease

Beagle: Elongated soft palate, cryptorchidism, deafness, vestibular disorder, cleft lip and palate, glaucoma, intervertebral disc disease, epilepsy, pyruvate kinase deficiency, pulmonic stenosis, cataracts, retinal dysplasia

Bedlington Terrier: Retinal dysplasia, copper toxicosis

Belgian Malinois: Bad bite, shyness, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia

Belgian Sheepdog: Bad bite, shyness, epilepsy, hypothyroidism

Belgian Sheepdog: Bad bite, shyness, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia

Bernese Mountain Dog: Bad bite, hip dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans, cleft palate, retinal atrophy

Bichon Frise: Bad teeth with age, patellar luxation, epilepsy, hip dysplasia

Black and Tan Coonhound: Ectropion, hip dysplasia, factor IX deficiency

Bloodhound: bad bite, ectropion, cryptorchidism, hip dysplasia, bad temperament, entropion

Border Collie: Bad bite, cryptorchidism, retinal atrophy, osteochrondritis dissecans, deafness, lens luxation

Border Terrier: Cryptorchidism, hip dysplasia, retinal atrophy

Borzoi: Missing premolars, gastric torsion, hypersensitivity to some anesthesia

Boston Terrier: Cocked eyes, elongated soft palate, cherry eye, frequent vomiting, deafness, cataracts, cleft lip and palate, body tumors, patellar luxation, mast cell tumor, pituitary tumor

Bouvier Des Flandres: Bad bite, cleft palate, gastric torsion, hypothyroidism

Boxer: Cryptorchidism, pyloric stenosis, heart defects, corneal ulcer, patellar luxation, gastric torsion, cleft lip and palate, epilepsy, dermoid cyst, mast cell tumor, entropion, elongated soft palate, osteochrondritis dissecans, retinal atrophy, von Willebrand’s disease, factor VII deficiency

Briard: Hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism

Brittany: Cryptorchidism, bad bite, ectropion, hip dysplasia, factor VII deficiency

Bull Terrier: Retained baby teeth, umbilical hernia, deafness, inguinal hernia, cleft lip and palate

Bulldog: Elongated soft palate, stenotic nares, loose shoulders, ectropion, corneal dermoid cyst, facial fold dermatitis, deafness, cleft palate, entropion, collapsed trachea, heart defect, mast cell tumor, factor VII deficiency, dislocated hips

Bullmastiff: Poor temperament, cleft palate, retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, gastric torsion

Cairn Terrier: Cryptorchidism, factor VII deficiency, factor IX deficiency, patellar luxation, von Willebrand’s disease, lens luxation

Cardigan Welsh Corgi: Corneal dermoid cyst, cleft palate, glaucoma, disc disease, von Willebrand’s disease, lens luxation

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Under bite, cryptorchidism, fly biting syndrome, corneal dystrophy, patellar luxation, diabetes melitus

Chesapeake Bay Retriever: Retinal atrophy, entropion, hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease

Chihuahua: Retained baby teeth, bad bite, hypoglycemia, patellar luxation, cleft palate, heart defects, entropion, shoulder dislocation, lens luxation

Chinese Crested: Under bite, allergy to wool

Chow Chow: Allergies, bad bite, elongated soft palate, ectropion, entropion, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, poor temperament, hypothyroidism

Cocker Spaniel: Bad bite, umbilical hernia, cherry eye, ectropion, corneal dermoid cyst, skin and ear problems, hip dysplasia, poor temperament, hernia, factor X deficiency, anasarca, cleft lip, cataracts, glaucoma, anemia, entropion, luxated patella, intervertebral disc disease, hypothyroidism

Collie: Over bite, under bite, nasal solar dermatitis, umbilical hernia, deafness, corneal dystrophy, cleft palate, optic nerve hypoplasia

Dachshund: Bad bite, umbilical hernia, triciasis, corneal dermoid cyst, atopic dermatitis, cataracts, diabetes, cleft lip and palate, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, von Willebrand’s disease, patellar luxation, osteopetrosis, retinal atrophy

Dalmatians: Atopic dermatitis, deafness, uric acid stones

Dandie Dinmont Terrier: Bad bite, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, dislocated shoulder

Doberman Pinscher: Color mutant alopecia, bad bite, flank sucking, vestibular disorder, renal cortical hypoplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, hypothyroidism, narcolepsy, demodectic mange, diabetes

English Setter: Vaginitis, ectropion, umbilical hernia, deafness, retinal atrophy

English Springer Spaniel: Under bite, ectropion, ear problems, obesity, hip dysplasia, entropion, glaucoma, factor XI deficiency, von Willebrand’s disease, subortic stenosis

Finnish Spitz: Cataracts

French Bulldog: Elongated soft palate, upper respiratory problems, cleft lip and palate, factor VIII deficiency, lens luxation, carcinomas, patellar luxation

German Shepherd Dog: Cryptorchidism, corneal dermoid cyst, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, poor temperament, diabetes, disc disease, heart defects, dwarfism, von Willebrand’s disease, cleft lip and palate, degenerative myelopathy, chronic pancreatitis, missing teeth, retinal atrophy

German Shorthaired Pointer: Under bite, nervous temperament, gastric torsion, entropion, von Willebrand’s disease, epilepsy

Giant Schnauzer: Bad bite, missing teeth, cryptorchidism, hip dysplasia, poor temperament, retinal atrophy

Golden Retriever: Cryptorchidism, missing teeth, bad bite, wry mouth, ectropion, immune deficiency, hip dysplasia, entropion, cleft palate, von Willebrand’s disease, hypothyroidism, cataracts, epilepsy, diabetes

Great Dane: Cryptorchidism, bad bite, ectropion, flat feet, fear biting and other temperament problems, cervical vertebral instability, hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, heart defects, degenerative myelopathy, entropion, von Willebrand’s disease

Greyhound: Cryptorchidism, gastric torsion, elbow bursitis, short spine, hypersensitivity to anesthesia, lens luxation

Irish Setters: Under bites, over bites, ectropion, osteochrondritis dissecans, hip dysplasia, carpal sub luxation, hypothyroidism, atrophy, epilepsy, von Willebrand’s disease

Keeshond: Hip dysplasia, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, heart defects, diabetes

Labrador Retriever: Cryptorchidism, bad bite, cataracts, atrophy, epilepsy, lens luxation, hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease

Lhasa Apso: Umbilical hernia, patellar luxation, atrophy, hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease

Maltese: Retained puppy teeth, cryptorchidism, hydrocephalus, cleft lip and palate, entropion, patellar luxation, deafness

Mastiff: Ectropion, shy temperament, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism

Norwegian Elkhound: Bad Bite, cysts, hip dysplasia, entropion, cleft palate

Old English Sheepdog: Bad bite, hip dysplasia, cataracts, entropion, diabetes, deafness

Pekingese: Umbilical hernia, stenotic nares, elongated soft palate, hernia, cleft lip and palate, disc disease, cataracts, atrophy, patellar luxation, trichiasis

Pointer: Under bite, timid, umbilical hernia, entropion, cataracts, hip dysplasia, gout, atrophy

Pomeranian: Cryptorchidism, hypoglycemia, retained baby teeth, patellar luxation, entropion

Poodle (Toy): Retinal atrophy, retinal dysplasia, cataracts, entropion, deafness

Pug: Elongated soft palate, entropion, aseptic necrosis of femoral head

Rhodesian Ridgeback: Dermoid sinus, hip dysplasia hypothyroidism

Rottweiler: Ectropion, hip dysplasia, entropion, cleft palate, deafness, diabetes, von Willebrand’s disease

Saint Bernard: Ectropion, diabetes, entropion, osteochrondritis dissecans, hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, epilepsy, corneal dermoid cyst

Saluki: Umbilical hernia, cryptorchidism, corneal dermoid cyst, hypothyroidism

Samoyed: Cryptorchidism, hip dysplasia, retinal atrophy, retinal dysplasia

Scottish Terrier: von Willebrand’s disease, deafness, lens luxation

Shetland Sheepdog: Cryptorchidism, retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, deafness, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, von Willebrand’s disease

Shih Tzu: intervertebral disc disease, entropion

Siberian Husky: Cryptochidism, hip dysplasia, retinal atrophy, cataracts

Silky Terrier: Cryptorchidism, patellar luxation, diabetes, epilepsy

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier: Cataracts, retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease

West Highland White Terrier: Cryptorchidism, hypothyroidism

Whippet: Cryptorchidism, color mutant alopecia

Yorkshire Terrier: patellar luxation, retinal atrophy, retinal dysplasia

Source: Successful Dog Breeding, The Complete Handbook of Canine Midwifery, by Chris Walkowicz and Bonnie Wilkes, D.V.M.